Delayed Final Reflections
Aug10

Delayed Final Reflections

If I were to consider the entire collective experience of being in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Easter Island, it would emerge as a kaleidoscope of images and emotions, a tumultuous attempt at the reorganization of the study abroad trip. While my words can never fully compare to the actual events or provide a proper basis of understanding for those who wish to live vicariously through such adventures, I do hope that reading such stories...

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Valparaiso:  A Haven for the Eclectic Mind
Aug03

Valparaiso: A Haven for the Eclectic Mind

When my initial investigations began for the study abroad trip to Chile, I realized quite quickly that between Santiago, Easter Island, and Valparaiso, all the various facets of my personality would be catered to quite nicely. From my over-eager examination the three rose as if on pillars, a triumvirate of traveling ideals:  Santiago would cater to the socialite, intermixing with the emergent cosmopolitan nature of the capital city,...

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Musings at Initiation of Countdown
Jun25

Musings at Initiation of Countdown

With the countdown to Chile officially started, as has happened so often before, there is the sensation of running downhill without thought to slowing – capable of focusing only on the trip nearly at hand. Despite my best efforts to appear calm, it is apparent to everyone in my family that I will be departing soon, not because I have started to pack (who needs basic amenities anyway?), but because of my sporadic behavior and...

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